Category Archives: Bankruptcy

More Dramatic Statistics on Representation Imbalance for Collection, Landlord/Tenant, and Small Claims

Recently, I blogged about some numbers derived from NCSC data for representation status and imbalance.  The numbers are stunning, here, and here.  As I put it then: We Now Have the Data That shows That The One-Side-Self-Represented Case is the … Continue reading

Posted in Bankruptcy, Chasm with Communities, Debt Collction, Evictions, Small Claims, SRL Statistics | 3 Comments

The Broader Lessons of Ferguson and Baltimore Are Much More Challenging — Opportunities to Be Part of the Solution

Some of us have begun calling it the Chasm — it’s the chasm between the legal system and the poor.  When the cops yell “stop”, young men do not make subtle legal distinctions between the civil and criminal justice systems.  … Continue reading

Posted in Bankruptcy, Child Support, Court Fees and Costs, Court Management, Dept. of Justice, expungement | 2 Comments

What Happens When a Federal Court Pays Attention to the Self-Represented — the Central District of California Bankruptcy Court Is A Model for Us All

The Central District of California Bankruptcy Court has released its report on the self-represented. Self-represented, or pro se, litigants comprise over one quarter of the debtors filing in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California. In early … Continue reading

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